Splinter Cell: Blacklist is schedule to launch in Spring 2013 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. Check out the unlisted trailer on YouTube and new screenshot below.
 
 
Picture
Gareth Evans, Eduardo Sanchez, Jason Eisener, Simon Barrett, Timo Tjahjanto and Adam Wingard are set to contribute to V/H/S 2, says The Hollywood Reporter.  

The film is a sequel to this year's anthology found footage flick V/H/S.

Evans, director of The Raid, and Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) are co-writing and co-directing their segments.  Wingard, who directed the wraparound segment in V/H/S, will tackle his own story this time.  Hobo With a Shotgun's Eisener will direct a segment and Barrett is making his directorial debut with his own story.

Tjahjanto previously directed a film entitled Macabre.

V/H/S 2, according to THR, follows a similar structure as V/H/S with a pair of investigators discovering a tape while looking for a student.


If you have not seen V/H/S I highly recommend watching this found footage film; it is one of the best of the genre.

 
 
Sandswept Studios today released the Alpha version for their upcoming game The Dead Linger. The game aims to be an open sandbox zombie survival game, in the vein of games like Day-Z, the popular Arma 2 mod.

Access to the Alpha costs $24.99, which Sandswept Studios advertises as a reduced price. Players who have pre-ordered the game or purchase it October 31 will receive an exclusive in-game item, the DOVRAC mask, which will grant benefits to characters that equip it.

You can check out Sandswept Studios' Facebook page or visit the game's website to purchase the Alpha version.

Thanks TechFixation!
 
 
Dead Island: Riptide will release April 23, 2013.

Two versions of the Dead Island sequel have been revealed for pre-order, including a 'Special Retailers Edition' which is set to feature unique in-game content.

Featuring a new character, skills, multiplayer features and hub defence missions, the sequel's set for release on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

The two versions are:

  • Pre-order Edition: This version of Dead Island Riptide will include an exclusive pack of weapon mods that allows even more, manifold ways to dispose of the ghastly zombie hordes on Palanai island.
  • Special Retailers Edition: In addition to the weapon mods this version will contain an alternate character skin not obtainable anywhere else! The Special Edition of Dead Island Riptide will only be available at selected retail partners. Details about the retail partners per territory offering the Special Edition will be announced soon. The Special Retailers Edition will also feature an alternative packshot.
 
 
Picture
New York based parent company Take Two announced today to investors that GTA V will launch first on Xbox 360 and PS3.

"Grand Theft Auto V builds on everything we've learned about open world game design," said Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser. "We can't wait to share it with fans."

However, no details on the PC edition have been mentioned.

Take Two said Grand Theft Auto 5 is the "most ambitious title in the series to date".

"Set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and the surrounding area, Grand Theft Auto V delivers a world of unprecedented scale and detail bursting with life, from mountaintops to the depths of the ocean."

The publisher has delayed its financial briefing due to Hurricane Sandy related disruptions.

 
 
[UPDATE] Disney paid $4.05 Billion for Lucas Arts.
This is huge! This isn't like any other movie news this is the saga of Darth Vader we're talking about. This is Star Wars! In a stunning out-of-nowhere display of endorsement Disney is buying Lucas Arts AND producing Star Wars: Episode VII (not yet titled) planned to hit theaters in 2015! This is massive on so many levels.

Here is the FULL Press Release:
Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.

"Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas," said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and "evergreen" Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney's global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.

Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm's legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world's top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney's strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.

The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney's very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company's unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney's portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company's ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world's highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.

Disney bought Pixar Studios and Marvel Entertainment previous to the Lucas Arts deal. This means that the graphic team from Pixar and the incredible team at Marvel could host a ton of peripherals in the area of a new Star Wars Trilogy. 

My opinion: Disney will fun, produce, and distribute 3 new Star Wars films. These films should expand the story on the Skywalker and Solo family, Luke Skywalker falling to the Dark Side, and Chewbacca's death and the rise of his son, Lowbacca, and the New Jedi Order with Luke as head-master. Marvel will team with Dark Horse Comics to produce more literary works in the Star Wars universe. Then I'm assuming more video games will release based in the lexicon of The Force. 

This is a very good thing for fans. I'm sure some are growling and others are cheering, but the main point is that George Lucas is admitting that he can't do this forever. He relinquished his rights and is passing the torch. Every Star Wars fan has thought of a third trilogy and now we get our wish.
 
 
To celebrate the 10th anniversary, there will be a series of commemorative assets released, including never-before-seen artwork and a brand new anniversary trailer highlighting some of the most iconic scenes and music from the game. In addition, a limited run of collectible promotional items will be made available for purchase through the Rockstar Warehouse, with select items also available via online giveaways.

In conjunction with the anniversary, we're pleased to announce that we'll be releasing an Anniversary Edition of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for select iOS and Android devices later this fall. This upcoming version will bring the full experience to mobile devices, featuring native high-resolution graphics and several enhancements unique to the iOS and Android platforms. Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead including a list of compatible iOS and Android devices. 
 
 
Yes, G4, home to gamers everywhere is being cancelled. ThePauseMenu reported on this last month and the news is still as saddening as ever. G4's major video-game and geek-culture shows including X-Play and Attack of the Show will be cancelled at the end of the 2012 year. That's two months away. NBC is rebranding the G4 channel into a "Modern Male" channel shifting into a more "GQ or "Esquire" style.

Tweets from G4 staffers and industry insiders earlier today have hinted that a major shake-up is coming:
Launched in 2002, G4 started off with a programming slate that consisted almost entirely of game-centric programming. After acquiring TechTV, the network found success with X-Play, a recurring show that featured reviews and comedy based on new game releases. Longtime co-host Adam Sessler left X-Play earlier this year, a move that signaled the end of an era for many.

We're hearing that the network has booked conference rooms for today in order to inform groups of employees of their fate and of the future of the network.

G4's two longest-running and defining series, Attack of the Show! and X-Play, will be ending their run at the end of 2012. Both shows will include original episodes through the end of the year, and will look back at their most memorable moments as we lead up to their final episodes. A rotating lineup of guest co-hosts including John Barrowman, Michael Ian Black, Josh Myers, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Horatio Sanz will join AOTS hosts Candace Bailey and Sara Underwood, and X-Play hosts Morgan Webb and Blair Herter as part of the farewell shows.
With well over a thousand episodes each, Attack of the Show! and X-Play have defined gamer culture for a generation, serving as the launch pad for prominent personalities including Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Chris Hardwick and Adam Sessler. Attack of the Show! debuted March 28, 2005 and from the start was the ultimate guide to everything cool and new in the world of technology, web culture, gaming and pop culture. X-Play made its debut almost two years earlier, on April 28, 2003 (on G4's previous incarnation: TechTV), and immediately became the go-to destination for young men seeking the latest video game news, honest reviews, hands-on demos and exclusive video game trailers and footage. The year-end celebration will take you back through highlights of these landmark shows' history, including its exclusive live-from-the-floor coverage of San Diego Comic-Con and E3.

Both long-running shows helped define, as well as expand, the pop culture and gaming TV experience for a generation. We hope you've had as much fun watching them as we have had making them, and sincerely hope you join us in bidding a fond farewell to Attack of the Show and X-Play's as we look back over the next two months and head towards each series' finale.
 
 
Releasing in December for $4.99 (or 400 Microsoft Points) Dishonored: Dunwall City Trials will include 10 challenge maps that will test and track your combat, stealth and mobility skills. Ten distinct trials await challengers – including an arena battle against waves of enemy AI, a gravity-defying run of drop assassinations, and a race against the clock. Dunwall City Trials also features a whole new set of achievements and trophies as well as a global online leaderboard that will establish the greatest assassins for each challenge.

The second and third add-ons for Dishonored will be coming in 2013 and will each feature story-driven campaigns. Pricing on these two packs will be revealed closer to launch.

Daud, the leader of a group of supernatural assassins known as ‘The Whalers’, will be the focus of the second add-on pack, scheduled for release in early Spring 2013. Make your way through new Dunwall locales and discover Daud’s own set of weapons, powers and gadgets in this story-driven campaign. How you play and the choices you make will impact the final outcome…

Additional story details on the third add-on pack will be revealed closer to its launch next year. 

bethblog.com